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Los Angeles votes to end corporate personhood

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to support a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment that would assert that corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights, and that money is not the same as free speech. The resolution was backed by Move to Amend, a national coalition working to…

Why no financial crisis prosecutions? Ex-Justice official says it’s just too hard

It’s an issue we and others have noted again and again: Years after the financial crisis, there have still been no prosecutions of top executives at the major players in the financial crisis. Why’s that? Well, according to a now-departed Justice Department official who used to be in charge of investigating…

PETA upset White House ignored bestiality question

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is not pleased that White House press secretary Jay Carney laughed off a question about bestiality in the military. In a letter to Carney, PETA said it was upset that he “flippantly addressed the recently approved repeal of the military ban on…

Alabama farmers look to replace migrants with prisoners

MIAMI — Alabama farmers have proposed using prisoners to work their fields to replace migrants who fled the state after it passed the country’s harshest anti-immigration law, officials said Tuesday. The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industry officials met Tuesday in Mobile with farmers to discuss their proposal, a spokeswoman…

U.S. mulls easier access to emergency contraception

WASHINGTON — US regulators are considering whether to grant a drug company’s request to make emergency contraception available over the counter to people of all ages instead of by prescription. Currently, the morning-after pill — which can reduce the chance of pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex…

Supreme Court ready for TV? It’s a split decision

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Televising U.S. Supreme Court proceedings would benefit the public, some said at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, while others called the idea possibly unconstitutional and a potentially harmful influence. The question of putting cameras in America’s highest court, a long-standing debate, took a new twist recently with…

Santorum, Perry condemn new international LGBT rights strategy

President Barack Obama’s decision to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights around the world is a “war on traditional American values,” according to Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry. Obama on Tuesday ordered all government agencies that play an active foreign policy role to fight against…

Romney to skip Trump debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on Tuesday that he will not attend a controversial December 27 debate to be moderated by real estate magnate Donald Trump, as have candidates Ron Paul and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman. Romney told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto that he will…

Obama: Middle class struggle the ‘defining issue’

OSAWATOMIE, Kansas — President Barack Obama lashed out at the “gaping inequality” stalking America Tuesday, saying the middle class struggle to secure a decent life was the “defining issue of our time.” Obama traveled to Kansas in a bid to commandeer the aura of barnstorming president Theodore Roosevelt, who battled…

Report: Perry called campaign donors from governor’s office

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) is facing allegations that he used his office equipment to benefit his presidential campaign, after an Associated Press investigation into his phone records revealed that he spoke to numerous campaign donors and even met with an executive who would later create a political action committee…

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